Ulysse Nardin honors the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sporting, with the Classico Schooner America timepiece. Dubbed Auld Mug, the trophy was first awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight in England, which was won by the schooner America. Following the yacht’s triumph, the trophy was renamed the America’s Cup and was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) under the terms of the Deed of Gift, which made the cup available for perpetual international competition.
Back in 2015, Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin has announced its support for Artemis Racing, the Swedish Challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, as an Official Partner. The brand’s history of navigating the sea coupled with the DNA of innovation and technology resulted in creation of Classico Schooner America, a limited-edition of 30 pieces, each finished 18-karat-white and rose-gold with enamel cloisonné.
A 40mm-diameter dial of Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America is the canvas for depicting schooner America sailing to its triumph. The nautical scene is presented in enamel cloisonné (rendered by the manufacturer’s own artisans at Donzé Cadrans) and is the result of 26 specific processes along with 50 hours of craftsmanship. The aforementioned process is extremely intricate and mastered only by a few. Opaque or translucent colors are obtained by mixing proportions of elements to achieve specific combinations, often kept a secret. Each section is divided by fine gold wire, and it takes more than 500mm of the wire to make the cloisons.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America will be available with a price tag of $39,800.